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Research in Science and Technological Education
written by Ricardo Trumper
Senior high school students' astronomy conceptions were analysed by means of a written questionnaire presented to them during the beginning of the first semester. The main findings were: (1) Most students answered correctly the questions dealing with the following subjects: the day-night cycle, the reason for the different seasons, and the time of the Moon's revolution around the Earth and the Sun. (2) Most students chose their best account for changes in the Moon's phases as the Moon moving around the Earth. Despite that, most students thought that the Moon must be in its full phase in order to get a total solar eclipse. (3) Most students underestimated distances in the Universe and overestimated the Earth's diameter. (4) Most students answered incorrectly the questions dealing with the following subjects: Sun overhead at noon, longitude time zones, and Moon's rotation. (5) Students studying physics succeeded significantly better than their colleagues in some of the subjects that were taught as a part of their optics and mechanics courses.
Research in Science and Technological Education: Volume 19, Issue 1, Pages 97-109
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DOI:
10.1080/02635140120046259
Keywords:
Astronomy, Concept Formation, Constructivism (Learning), Earth, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, High Schools, Israel, Misconceptions, Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Sun
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R. Trumper, Res. Sci. & Technol. Educ. 19 (1), 97 (2001), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02635140120046259).
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R. Trumper, A cross-age study of senior high school students' conceptions of basic astronomy concepts Res. Sci. & Technol. Educ. 19 (1), 97 (2001), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02635140120046259>.
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Trumper, R. (2001, May 1). A cross-age study of senior high school students' conceptions of basic astronomy concepts. Res. Sci. & Technol. Educ., 19(1), 97-109. Retrieved July 28, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02635140120046259
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Trumper, Ricardo. "A cross-age study of senior high school students' conceptions of basic astronomy concepts." Res. Sci. & Technol. Educ. 19, no. 1, (May 1, 2001): 97-109, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02635140120046259 (accessed 28 July 2014).
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Trumper, Ricardo. "A cross-age study of senior high school students' conceptions of basic astronomy concepts." Res. Sci. & Technol. Educ. 19.1 (2001): 97-109. 28 July 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02635140120046259>.
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